from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nation or state having an important navy. Also called naval power.
  • n. Naval strength; ability to engage in military operations by sea. See the extracts.


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  • Roosevelt, an ardent sea-power enthusiast and follower of the theories of Alfred Thayer Mahan, and recent convert to strategic airpower, found a strategy of indirection and limited war appealing.

    Between War and Peace

  • U.S. air- and sea-power had proved conclusively that even a base as formidable as Truk could be neutralized without committing ground troops.

    Brotherhood of Heroes

  • He spread the sea-power of two nations in a stately crescent, double-lined (as the moon is doubled when beheld through fine plate-glass) — a noble sight, a paramount temptation for the British tow-rope.


  • A scout ship has recently reported that the Lor - myrian navy, hearing rumours of our superior sea-power, is sailing to join with us.

    Storm Bringer

  • But a sea-power like Britain had to establish a spiritual tradition and evoke inner loyalty; its foundation rested on moral, not military, force.

    America, Britain and Canada—The "A B C" of Destiny

  • He used to listen rapt while I described her marvellous awakening in the last generation, under the strength and wisdom of her rulers; her intense patriotic ardour; her seething industrial activity, and, most potent of all, the forces that are moulding modern Europe, her dream of a colonial empire, entailing her transformation from a land-power to a sea-power.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • I wish I knew more about all that, but what I'm concerned with is their sea-power.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • 'Well, think of Germany as a new sea-power,' he resumed.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • For many years Umbar was invested, but could not be taken because of the sea-power of Gondor.

    The Lord of the Rings

  • At present, the Western Democracies still have relative advantage due to our superiority in technical, scientific and industrial power, in the control of oil resources, in our superiority in sea-power, long range airpower and the sole possession by the United States of the atomic bomb in quantity.

    Conclusions As To The Future


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